The AS565 MBe is powered by two Safran Arriel 2N turboshaft engines for reliable performance, including in high and hot conditions. It features modern cockpit avionics that include Airbus’ renowned Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and flight management system.
Some 250 helicopters in the Panther/Dauphin family are operated by maritime customers in more than 20 countries, including the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of some 100 MH-65s.
Enhancing the AS565 MBe’s mission capabilities are its advanced avionics and systems, including multifunction and tactical displays for the crew, while the FADEC (full authority digital engine control) system – together with its vehicle and engine management display (VEMD) – improve safety and reduce pilot workload.
The helicopter’s modular mechanical assembly design – along with its composite Starflex rotor head, composite tail rotor blades and airframe elements – contribute to significant reductions in maintenance time and costs.
Additionally, the AS565 MBe incorporates a new-generation Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, which provides high manoeuvrability, low external sound levels, and optimal safety for passengers, ground, and air crews.
The AS565 MBe is fully qualified to operate from over 100 classes of NATO ships, and complies with NATO standardisation agreements (STANAGs) regarding tie-down fittings, fuel hoses, and DC/AC electrical connectors.
The helicopter’s use of a hydraulically-activated harpoon with deck-lock security (which anchors a helicopter on the flight deck immediately after touchdown) enables the AS565 MBe to operate from ship decks regardless of the wind direction in conditions of high deck movement.